Duran Duran are a British New Wave band notable for a long series of catchy, synthesizer-driven hit singles and vivid music videos. They were the most commercially successful of the New Romantic bands, and a leading band in the MTV-driven Second British Invasion of the United States. They are still often identified as an “Eighties band” despite continuous recording and chart success over their twenty-eight year history.
The band has sold well over 70 million records worldwide, and has had eighteen singles in the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and thirty in the Top 40 of the UK Singles Chart, including “Rio”, “Hungry Like the Wolf”, “Is There Something I Should Know?”, “The Reflex” and the James Bond theme “A View to a Kill” in the 1980s, “Ordinary World” and “Come Undone” in the early-1990s, and “Sunrise” and “What Happens Tomorrow” in the 2000s.
Duran Duran was created by Nick Rhodes (keyboards) and John Taylor (bass), with the later addition of Roger Taylor (drums), Andy Taylor (guitar), and Simon Le Bon (lead vocals); none of the Taylors are related. Guitarist Warren Cuccurullo was also a member of the band from 1989 to 2001, and drummer Sterling Campbell was a member from 1989 to 1991.